This is a great instrument. The sound is great, it can even hold its own against some of the lower end Buffets. It even feels like a Buffet! The keys sit perfectly on the horn, and they are very sturdy. The only adjustment I had to make was to the crow's foot so it would close the low F/ C tone hole when the low E/ B key was pressed. The case had the logo glued on in the wrong place, but that certainly does not affect the performance of the instrument, and certainly the audience won't care! Of course, the stock ligature and stock reed (never thought I'd say "stock reed" before) are total crap, but the stock mouthpiece has some potential, with a good reed and ligature, of course. The brushed finish is also a nice touch. The body of the instrument looks like wood, which is a nice change from those shiny plastic horns I've seen.
My daughter just stated band in the 6th grade and so far she has not had any problems. I am glad I chose this one.
Background: I'm an adult beginner. I picked upa Franken-horn off of Craigslist, which actually worked pretty good, but had some issues. After a couple months, I asked my teacher for an entry level student horn recommendation. His go-to student horn was discontinued, but said a friend of his highly recommended this born to his students. After getting it, I brought it to show him.
His opinion: the keys seem a bit soft (bendable), and is an abs horn. But, for the price, it's a good student horn.
My opinion: It works well, fits together well, and is easy to play. At my teachers suggestion, I replaced the mouthpiece with a Fobes debutante (great student mouthpiece by the way), and am pretty happy. It doesn't have the warmth of a wooden horn, but it's a great starter horn.
Overall, a great horn if you want what it has to offer: a competent, complete student horn. Just be careful when putting the sections together (as to avoid bending the keys), and it'll...
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